November 25 Energy News

November 25, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Again Break Records” • Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases once again reached new highs in 2018. The World Meteorological Organization says the increase in CO₂ was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade, along with other greenhouse gases. [BBC]

Pollution (Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Coal: Is This The Beginning Of The End?” • This year looks set to see the largest fall in electricity production from coal on record, according to a report in the online journal Carbon Brief. It is projected to drop by 3% – which is a fall of 300 TWh, based on energy sector data from around the world for the first seven to 10 months of the year. [BBC]

¶ “Bangladesh To Assess Impact Of Integrating Renewables Into Grid” • With renewable energy taking root in Bangladesh, the government’s Power Division issued a request for expressions from interest from energy consultants to help it prepare the national grid for rising penetration from intermittent electricity generation. [pv magazine International]

Transmission system (Image: Nikhil Verma | Flickr)

¶ “Vestas Inks 118-MW EnVentus Deal At Finnish Farm” • Vestas has secured a deal to supply turbines from its EnVentus platform for the 118-MW Paskoonharju 2 wind farm in Finland. The Danish manufacturer will deliver 21 V150-5.6MW units to the EPV Energia project in the municipality of Teuva, which is being built on a merchant basis. [reNEWS]

¶ “Sweden Wind Power Park Points At Industry’s Shift Away From Subsidies” • Europe’s biggest onshore wind park is being built in a remote part of Sweden. Markbygden could be the clearest sign yet of the industry’s shift away from subsidies and towards relying on the markets that set returns for plants running on natural gas, coal or nuclear energy. [Business Day]

Wind turbines (Bob Strong | Reuters)

¶ “Statkraft Launches Wind And Solar Development Activities In Spain And Portugal” • Statkraft, Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading provider of power purchase agreements, aims to develop onshore wind and solar projects in the Iberian Peninsula either in-house or through partnerships to co-develop projects. [GlobalNewswire]

¶ “Sierra Leone: Easy Solar Expands Energy Access To 300,000 People” • For more than three years, Easy Solar has been committed to expanding energy access to people without power in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s clean energy provider, Easy Solar, announced that it has reached a new milestone of 300,000 users nationwide. [ESI Africa]

Home solar system on a thatched roof

¶ “ARENA Commits $70 Million To ‘ Get Cracking’ On Renewable Hydrogen” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will provide up to $70 million to speed development of renewable hydrogen in Australia. The funding is expected to play a material role to support commercial-scale renewable hydrogen deployments. [EcoGeneration]

¶ “Ørsted Unveils 5-GW Energy Island Vision” • Ørsted plans to establish the island of Bornholm to deliver up to 5 GW of power. It will be Denmark’s first offshore wind cluster interconnecting with two to three neighbouring countries. The Danish company said the hub could potentially connect with Poland, Sweden and possibly Germany. [reNEWS]

Walney wind farm (Ørsted image)

US:

¶ “Facing Backlash, Dominion Says It’s Willing To Have Coal Plant Removed From Green Energy Package” • Virginia’s largest utility said it would be willing to let regulators remove a hybrid power plant that relies almost entirely on coal from a renewable energy portfolio it wants to sell to environmentally conscious consumers. [Virginia Mercury]

¶ “Black Hills Seeks Nod For 200-MW Renewables Procurement Round” • Black Hills Corp said it is seeking regulatory clearance to add 200 MW of renewable capacity in Southern Colorado through a competitive solicitation. Subsidiary Colorado Electric, (aka Black Hills Energy) filed a proposal to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Colorado (Mortenson | mortenson.com)

¶ “BMW Partners With Dairy Farms To Make Renewable Energy” • BMW and Straus Family Creamery are partnering to make electricity generated at the organic dairy farm available for BMW’s EV customers in California. The project was announced at an LA auto show. BMW claimed the project was the first of its kind in the auto industry. [MediaPost Communications]

¶ “Renewable Generation In US Is Set To Surpass Coal In 2021 For First Time” • It now seems likely that annual renewable energy generation in 2021 will surpass coal-fired output in the US for the first time. Coal has been rapidly declining, and renewables have been growing fast. It looks like they will be at least neck-and-neck for the year. [RenewEconomy]

Have a vastly happy day.

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